AN ETERNAL PIECE ON RELATIVITY / The Professional Amateurs (Reykjavík)


  • Hafnarhúsið Tryggvagata Reykjavík, Capital Region, 101 Iceland

An Eternal Piece on Relativity is an investigation into the meaning of words and actions and offers the concept that words and actions can only be understood reading the whole context of where they fall. The text used in the performance is a very short scene from The Danceof Death by August Strindberg. The text is delivered as a whole in the beginning of the piece without the actor’s interpretation and is then repeated during 45 minutes where the context of the scene changes constantly. The components in the visual/spatial composition changes and the text moves between genders and ages playing with different constellation. The actors change positions, change roles and use simple objects but avoid putting any emotions or interpretations into the delivery of the text leaving the reading/interpretation to the audience. Gradually a layer of music is put on top of the images coloring the reading. Before each performance the director reads a prolog suggesting the content of the piece. There are four different prologs giving the piece four different angles.

The piece portraits the human being as a victim of its own nature. It describes the urge to become eternal and how the fight for survival makes the man a beast always ready to slay anything that stands in its way. The piece points to the relativity of words and actions and reminds us how little we control our own destiny.

Author : Steinunn Knútsdóttir

Text : August Strindberg

On stage: Aðalbjörg Árnadóttir, Árni Pétur Guðjónsson, Jórunn Sigurðardóttir, Katla Helga Thorlacius Jónsdóttir, Kristjana Skúladóttir, Magnús Guðmundsson, Ólöf Ingólfsdóttir, Sveinn Ólafur Gunnarsson.

Artistic assistance : Gígja Hólmgeirsdóttir

When : Friday, August 28, 18:00 (erformed in English) & Saturday, August 29, 20:00

Where : Hafnarhúsið / Reykjavík Art Museum, Tryggvagata, Reykjavík

Duration aprox 50 minutes including prolog.

Ticket price : free of charge

The collective The Professional Amateurs was founded in May 2005, a group of established artists interested in pushing borders and making theatre that is reflective by nature. The Professional Amateurs offer their audience progressive theatre free and independent in process, form and content. They neither regard their performances as entertainment nor a convenient product but rather as a dialog between actors and audience about relevant issues concerning the human nature and until this day have not accepted any admission fees. A retrospective of the collective´s work will be on display as part of LÓKAL and RDF

ÓDAUÐLEGT VERK UM SAMHENGI HLUTANNA

Stuðst er við atriði úr „Dauðadansinum“ eftir Strindberg til þess að rýna í merkingu orða og athafna. Textinn er endurtekinn í sífellu, en á sama tíma er ýmsum breytum skipt út á sviðinu; t.d. aldri og staðsetningu í rými. Þetta gerist án þess að leikarinn geri nokkra tilraun til túlkunar á texta Strindbergs sem leiðir áhorfandann að lokum í gegnum mannkynssöguna og inn að kjarna mannlegrar tilveru.